Irish Food

Potato Corn Soup Recipe – Ad

Potatoes are a staple part of our family diet, and so when aka “Potatoes More Than A Bit On The Side” got in touch to see would I be interested in designing a new recipe for all the family to enjoy it wasn’t a hard decision to take. The past two weekends, while I’ve …

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Bloom 2017 For The Family In Review

I go to Bloom in the Phoenix Park every year, have done since it opened. I applied for media accreditation this year and Bord Bia were kind enough to grant me a pass. With the boys on a day off school today we packed up the boys and headed for the city centre early in …

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Blog & Allotment Update 28 April 2017

The month of April has been a sprint from start to finish for me, and I want to explain. It’s not that I haven’t had the time to update the blog. I’ve actually sat down and started typing most days. It’s just that there is something major going on in the background that I can’t …

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Allotment Update 2 April 2017 #Ad

We’re not long back from the allotment after another gloriously sunny Sunday spent in my happy place. I took the big camera down today and had great craic documenting all the new life that’s popping up all over the place. If you follow me on Facebook you’ll know that I’ve been sharing regular updates from …

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Homegrown Food 2017

Every evening when I get back from the allotment I look at my hands. They’re not as soft as they used to be, yet the children still say my touch is just as light as when they themselves were pumpkin-sized. They’re not the prettiest hands you’ll see and after a long day working at the …

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Rare Aul’ Irish Recipes for 2017

In October 2016, my grandfather, Jim, turned 100. Jim Shortall was born in Dublin’s North Inner City in 1916, a time of great turmoil for the Irish state. Last year, as we commemorated the 100 year anniversary of the 1916 rising, my family was celebrating a joyous milestone for an incredible gentleman who once cycled …

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Just One Seed

We walked to the allotment with heavy feet this week. It was neglected because we had neglected it. Life got in the way, which is ironic really considering how much life is entwined within the plot. Our lives, our material stuff, we allowed them to get in the way.

Slow blogging changed my life

Slow Blogging Changed My Life And My Top Tips

It seems so throwaway to say ‘Slow Blogging Changed My Life’ but actually it’s the truth (more on that later). Here are my top tips to becoming a slow blogger, although I’d hazard a guess that many bloggers already do this without actually realising it.

Opinion: Unconscious Bias in Irish Food

Everybody has to eat. Breaking bread together, sitting down to eat at a table, it is where I believe community begins. It’s a fundamental part of what makes us human. As I grow food, prepare meals, and eat them with my family, I’m reminded that this is a process that has been going on for …

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Growing Our Own Food

It’s that time of the year again, when the weather becomes a little bit warmer, the days longer, and we begin to consider willingly spending more time outdoors. Walks to school/work etc don’t really come under the same heading. In the Spring you see a rake of shops and garden centres selling all the accessories …

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How I Test Recipes & Why

As I was working through the content on my blog recently, I realised that I don’t share recipes quite as often as I used to. In fact, I probably only share a recipe once a month or so. There’s a good reason for that though and that’s because I’ve become much more stringent with my …

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What Is Irish Food?

It’s the ruby juice from a ripe strawberry as it runs down my chin. The golden sheen of a smear of butter, so yellow it could only come from grass-fed cows. The pop of elderflower champagne, and the gentle buzz of its fizz in my glass. Earthy, soil-like smell from roasting fresh beetroot in the …

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